Farewell to the French Riviera! Watercolour Memories of Nice

Farewell to the French Riviera! Watercolour Memories of Nice

If you like this please +1 it! Ten years ago, my parents bought an apartment in Nice, on the French Riviera, so that they could escape the dreary Irish winter. They’ve done that in style since then. Over the last decade, I’ve been lucky enough to have joined them in Nice with my young family for holidays. I loved the apartment from the first moment I set eyes on it. The 1930s carrelage tiles, the polished parquet floor, the marble steps leading to an orange tree heavy with fruit. I think I may have seen it for the last time, because my parents have decided to sell up. My father, who is no longer a young man, is more inclined to stay at home in Bray, close to the golf course of which he’s been a member for 66 years. My mother has had poor health over the last few years and doesn’t want to be in Nice on her own. She is genuinely heartbroken to leave her apartment as she loves it deeply, but she knows she has to be realistic. She asked me to come and help her move, packing and sorting and suchlike, so I found myself basking in the sunshine of the French Riviera last week. This is a PREMIUM access article. We use a simple to use web wallet that can be filled up using a credit card, PayPal or with XLM using a secure payment system. Once you have paid, you will have ongoing access to the article from the device (tablet, phone, PC) that you used to pay for it. You can access the post by topping up your web wallet with 20 stellar lumen tokens (the price of a stellar lumen is currently usd ) if you haven’t already done so and then making a micropayment of 2 lumens to continue reading this post   Remember: NO subscription required, NO monthly fees, NO personal information, just a new secure micropayment mechanism for content you want to see.


  1. Eileen Scrymgeour Rigby

    August 18, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I love all things French and your journal along with all your artistic flair made me feel so happy. Had they been published it is very likely that it would now be sitting on my bookshelf of ‘all things French related!’ In 2013 we spent a very happy few days in Nice and went up the hill to Saint Paul de Vence.

    • Róisín Curé

      August 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Thank you, but the memoir that was turned down was not about France. The agent was actually very good to me and recommended me to someone else. And yes, I love all things French too (although I met some truly dreadful people while I was living in Paris many years ago – but that’s another story!)

  2. Ruby

    August 17, 2017 at 4:11 am

    These are fabulous, and not even vaguely in the category of holiday snaps. Thanks for the good story- written and visual.

    • Róisín Curé

      August 18, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Thank you for your kind comments Ruby. I’ve learned to embrace the “holiday snaps” description – just as well because I love to tell a story of a time and place, in words and pictures.

  3. Geraldine Dunne

    August 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Oh my goodness Roisin… your sketches were beyond fabulous… you can see your heart and soul were in them.What a special memory you created for your family… priceless!
    That literary agent made a huge mistake!!
    How did you get that beautiful flower pot home?
    What a wonderful post😍

    • Róisín Curé

      August 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Oh thank you so much Geri! I’ve had to learn to stay true to myself and have faith, despite the many rejections over the years. Hard to do, but I do it with the support of all you wonderful people who say such nice things. As for the pot…not home yet!

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